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The previous Highland Park Schools headquarters and former Highland Park Renaissance Academy High School Campus at 131 Pilgrim. Photo via Creative Commons Wikipedia, X96lee15.

Highland Park’s school district is a shadow of its former self following years of state emergency management, the closure of its high school in 2015 and its subsequent demolition. But the district is now out of financial oversight and looking to grow.

Last week, while recording an episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we ran into Highland Park School Board President Alexis Ramsey. We spoke with her about what’s new with the struggling district … its relationship with a for-profit charter school operator … and where she and others want the district to go from here.